CAN RATS TRANSMIT DISEASE?
Wood rats, also known as pack rats, are a common rodent found throughout Colorado. They are 6 to 9 inches in length with a tail that ranges from 5 to 9 inches long. They are a grayish tan color on their back with a light colored underbelly, which is often peppered. Wood rats have large eyes and ears and long whiskers. These rodents are nest builders. They use plant materials such as branches, twigs and sticks. They are also notorious for getting into everything from attics to car engines. They will steal treasures, damage your electrical wiring and make a lot of noise, which easily causes them to become a nuisance. An unusual behavior, which is where the term pack rat came from, is that if they find something they want, they will drop what they are currently carrying and “trade” it for the new item. They are particularly fond of shiny things. They can also be quite vocal and boisterous, creating chaos that sounds like cats and dogs fighting.
Rats are known carriers of many diseases that can be transmitted to people and pets. They are also extremely destructive when they chew on wood surfaces and electrical wires within your home. They can also contaminate our food supply, causing waste.
WHY DO I HAVE THEM?
Although pack rats prefer rocky areas within coniferous forests, which provide them adequate shelter, they are opportunistic and will move into your attic or walls if food, water and shelter are available.
HOW WOULD YOU GET RID OF THEM?
Getting rid of wood rats can be very tricky due to their nocturnal, elusive nature. It requires extensive knowledge of rats as well as building construction and safety know-how. That’s why AcEco employs experts with construction and repair skills. Our service includes the necessary eviction, exclusion and cleanup services needed, for one fee.Take a moment to review our process then contact us to schedule an appointment.